Worming

As we all know, worming can be a bit of a mine field. The following article will hopefully help to dispell any myths and answer any questions you may have. I think the main reason that we run into problems with worming is that we try and use programmes that have worked for other people. Each yard is different and so the way in which it is managed and the worm exposure will differ greatly. Every worming programme should be taylored to fit your individual needs. So here goes…

The most important method of worm control is removing your horses faeces from the paddock. This should ideally be removed to a site distant to the fields and not placed in a position that, when it rains, droppings and other faecal contaminants will be washed back on to the pasture. Combined with this, regular faecal worm egg counts will allow best assessment of your current worming programme. The higher the egg count the less successful the control.

One wormer will not remove all the important horse parasites. To remove small redworm larvae, tapeworm, pinworms, ascarids, bots and migrating large redworm larvae you need to follow a worming strategy specific to your pasture management.

There are 3 basic worming programmes;

Interval

Stategic

Targeted strategic.

We are very happy to discus a client or yard’s specific worming program and will advise which worming program is most suitable. Wormers are available from us for registered clients.